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Beyond Trends In Sustainability
24 April 2015, London College of Fashion, UK

The Textile Institute London and South East England Section & The Society of Dyers & Colourists London Section will host this half day seminar.

London College of Fashion, Room G05, 272 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EY

9.30 - 9.40 am Welcome by TI Chair & SDC Chair
9.40 - 10am Chair: Derek McKelvey - Seminar Introduction


  • Ian Morris B.Sc (Hons), IMM Associates: Delivering World Class Brand & Retailer Sustainability
  • Nikhil Hirdaramani : Sustainability Initiatives in Clothing Manufacture and their Impact in the Supply Chain
  • Dr Mark Sumner, Leeds University & Andrew Bentley, Huntsman: Sustainability & the Impact of the Detox Campaign on Dyeing & Finishing
  • Prof. Rebecca Earley, Chelsea UAL: The Textile Toolbox: Sustainable Textile Strategies for C21st Designers
  • Group Forum & Q&A
  • 1pm - Summary & Close

Prices: TI & SDC Members £10, Students £5, Non Members £25
Enquiries to Bill Bohm E: T:+442084495968

For full details please download the poster here.

To book please visit: (Please note Eventbrite charges a fee to book on line.)



NOTICE is hereby given that the one hundredth and fifth Annual General Meeting of The Textile Institute will be held on
Thursday 14 May 2015 at 11.00 hrs

Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.
Directions to Venue:

All members are, invited to attend, but only voting members are entitled to vote. To view the full agenda and to confirm your attendance, please download the following document by clicking here.


Techtextil 2015
4-7 May 2015
Frankfurt, Germany

Techtextil is the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens. With over 1,300 exhibitors from 48 countries and around 27,500 visitors from 97 different nations, Techtextil amounts to the world's central marketing and sourcing platform for users and manufacturers of technical textiles and nonwovens.

Why not take advantage of the opportunity to visit the show from 4 to 7 May 2015, to meet a host of international business contacts and to experience this centre of innovation in Frankfurt am Main at first hand?

The Textile Institute will be exhibiting on the BTMA pavilion. Come and visit us in Hall 3 H43.

For further information please click here.


6th World Conference on 3D Fabrics and Their Applications
26 - 28 May 2015
North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC, USA

This series conference on 3D Fabrics started in 2008 at the University of Manchester, UK and has since gained the reputation as an effective and important forum for the researchers, industrialists, designers and end users in this attractive and challenging area to report the latest developments, exchange development ideas and discuss future strategic issues. The organisers are looking forward to another successful conference in NCSU next May. Your continued support will be the key to the success of the conference and the success of the conference series.

The conference is organised by TexEng Software Ltd, Manchester, UK and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA in association with The University of Manchester and supported by The Textile Institute, UK and The Fiber Society, USA.

The organisers invite authors to submit a one-page abstract for each paper that they wish to be considered for inclusion in the oral and/or poster programme for the conference. The abstract should contain sufficient information for a valid decision to be made on the merits of the paper and its relevance to the aims of the conference. Authors should indicate whether they prefer an oral or a poster presentation. 

Closing date for submissions intended for oral presentation: 15 January 2015
Poster abstracts can also be considered at a later date.
Please submit your abstract online:


Introduction to Clothing - Short Courses
Various dates 2015, Manchester, UK
       Fabric Knowledge - 18 June 2015
       Introduction to the Global Clothing Industry - 2 July 2015

The Textile Insitute is delighted to launch a new series of Short Courses. Under the umbrella title of ‘Introduction to Clothing’ these courses are intended as a complementary offering to the existing ‘Introduction to Textiles’ course which has been running since 2010.

Six sepearte courses will provide a basic introduction to the subject and are intended for anyone just starting a career in the clothing industry whether this be at opertaive level; a new graduate from another discipline, or management level coming from another industry sector. Each course is one full day and delegates may choose to attend individual courses or build up a body knowledge by attending some or all of the courses.

The curriculum has been developed witht the financial support of CAPITB Trust, an independent charity providing support and funding for “people employed or about to be employed in the British clothing industry”.

The courses are Approved by The Textile Institute a system of validation assessed by independent and impartial experts. Each individual course accrues academic credit which along with a specified period of working practice may be used towards obtaining Textile Institute Chartered Professional Qualifications.

Fabric Knowledge - 18 June 2015
The taught element of this module will include a significant amount of ‘hands-on’ practical work allowing delegates to leave with a reasonable understanding of fabric construction and characteristics.

Introduction to the Global Clothing Industry - 2 July 2015
This course introduces delegates to the supply chain which provides mass produced garments to the UK and other markets. It looks at the key clothing manufacturing regions of the world, basics of logistics, the role of agents and potential communication issues.

Members: £320
(£266.66 + VAT)

Non Members: £400
(£333.33 + VAT)

Students: £198
(£165 + VAT)

Delegate + Introductory Membership of The Textile Institute:£400
(£80 membership, VAT exempt + £266.66 + VAT)

>>> Booking Form

The Friends Meeting House
6 Mount Street
M2 5NS

Further dates to be announced.

For further information please contact:
Emma Scott, Events Manager
T: +44 (0)161 237 1188


Introduction to Textiles - Training Short Course
14 -16 October, Manchester, UK

This intensive three day training short course is organised for the benefit of all those who are engaged in the manufacture, research and development as well as the commercial aspects of textile business. The course will cover Fibres, Yarns, Weaving, Warp and Weft Knitting, Nonwoven Fabrics, Dyeing and Finishing and Fabric Testing and Analysis.

Booking Form


Parliamentary Lunch
6 November 2015
House of Lords, London, UK

The Textile Institute, UK Region, will be holding the annual Parliamentary Lunch at the House of Lords on Friday 6 November 2015. The luncheon will be held in the Cholmondeley Room and on the Terrace, hosted by The Lord Haskel CText ATI, a past World President, who kindly enables us to have the use of the venue.

The annual lunch has become very popular with both our national and international members. A feature of the event is that after lunch we are usually able to arrange a tour of the Palace of Westminster with the help of guides very knowledgeable of the extraordinary history of the place. Members and their guests from destinations outside London also often find it convenient to enjoy the subsequent weekend as a city break.

The lunch is not restricted to members of The Textile Institute. It therefore allows senior executives from both business and education, whether members or not, to network in a unique environment, and perhaps offer hospitality to clients or customers.

Booking information coming soon!


World Textile Summit 2015
13 November 2015, Fiera Milano Rho, Milan, Italy

The World Textile Summit is a unique one-day event that brings together the world’s most influential textile-business leaders to debate issues of strategic importance to the global industry. Its inspirational, forward-looking agenda - comprising expert presentations and interactive discussions - is designed to allow participants to share their business experiences and receive new ideas to maintain their success in the textile manufacturing and supply chain.

The World Textile Summit 2015 will explore business responses to the international drive for sustainable manufacturing. Going beyond the agendas of other textile sustainability conventions, it will seek to answer the questions that really matter to strategic decision makers: What returns can I expect from capital investment in resource efficient technologies? How do I go about establishing and monitoring a sustainable supply chain? And what are the market opportunities that arise from a strategy based on clean production and sustainable materials? Delegates will hear from international experts in the business and economics of sustainable textile manufacturing and learn from the direct experience of business leaders who have already chosen this path.

World Textile Summit 2015 a must-attend event designed for C-level executives and industry stakeholders to understand the business of sustainability and create value in key areas like growth, return on capital and risk management.

For further information please visit:

ITMA 2015
12-19 November 2015
Fiera Milano Rho, Milan, Italy

The Textile Institute is delighted to be a supporting organisation of ITMA 2015. ITMA has been the world’s most established textile and garment machinery exhibition since 1951. Over the years, it has been a catalyst for change and competitiveness for the industry. The drive towards sustainability in the entire textile and garment value chain is increasingly integrated with enlightened business practices, and innovative technology holds the key to environmental sustainability.

ITMA 2015 will continue to be the global marketplace and one-stop sourcing platform for:

  • emerging trends and innovation solutions
  • acquiring new knowledge and best practices
  • establishing strategic relationships with industry leaders

The exhibition will be open daily:

  • Exhibitors: 0800 hours - 2000 hours
  • Visitors: 0900 hours - 1800 hours

For further information please visit:
Organised by MP Expositions Pte Ltd


The Second International Conference for Creative Pattern Cutting
24th and 25th February 2016, Huddersfield, UK

The second international conference is designed to promote contemporary research into the art of creative pattern cutting and its significance to the fashion industry. The conference provides a platform for pattern cutters, fashion designers, students, and educators to explore the impact and direction for creative pattern cutting.

The conference aims to:

  • Encourage discussion of new methods and techniques in creative pattern cutting, inspiring technical and design innovation.
  • Develop ways in which the fashion industry promotes pattern cutting as a career, emphasizing its creative integrity and magnetism.
  • Enhance ways in which tacit knowledge and the making process are considered as legitimate forms of research enquiry.
  • Promote equity for the roles of the creative pattern cutter and the fashion designer in terms of esteem and remuneration
  • Balance debates about the knowledge and practical experience of traditional processes in the context of technological and digital development.

We are looking for abstracts, which expand the themes above and further explore the impact and direction for creative pattern cutting.

Hosting University: University of Huddersfield, UK
Organisers: Dr Kevin Almond, Stephen Wigley, Dr Jess Power



The 90th Textile Institute World Conference
25-28 April 2016, Poznan, Poland

The Textile Institute is delighted to announce that the Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants (INF&MP) will be hosting the 90th Textile Institute World Conference.

INF&MP has been involved in complex research and development works on fibrous raw materials both of plant and animal origin. The Institute works on obtaining, characterising and applying of natural fibres both in traditional and advanced applications. The Institute is involved in a number of national and international research projects; cooperates multi directionally with numerous research centers worldwide; works for agriculture, environment protection, construction, transport, food and pharmaceutical industries and medicine.

Poland is situated in the geographical heart of Europe. Poland is a very rapidly developing country, with a long tradition of excellent scientific research in new materials, natural fibers as well as in polymers and composite materials.

Poznan is the capital city of Wielkopolska, the Western part of the country and the cradle of the Polish State. It is one of the oldest cities in Poland with many well-preserved monuments of architecture like the Renaissance City Hall in Old Market Place and the Gothic Cathedral situated on an island. Poznan is an important industrial centre and a traditional place of international trade fairs. 

The conference will aim to establish international interdisciplinary cooperation in various fields of science, research and economy that are linked by textile technology in its broad meaning.

A full Call for Papers and the Conference website will be available in the coming weeks.

Founding Sponsor: Taylor & Francis Ltd


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We are constantly developing new events that benefit our members. We would like to hear from you or your company if you have a need for a particular subject to be covered through our conferences and events. Please contact us to have your say.

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